Lot 21
  • 21

A pair of German silver-gilt large oval jewel caskets, Gottlieb Satzger, Augsburg, 1775-77

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
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Description

  • marked on bases with maker's mark and city mark
  • silver-gilt
  • length 9 1/2 in.
  • 24.2 cm
of exceptional size, of shaped and bombé oval form, the hinged covers with cast flower and shellwork thumbpiece, chased with birds on sprays of fruit within scrollwork borders, the bases with security loops and initialed HJ

Provenance

Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973

Condition

formerly with locks, small area of roughness under foot rim- possibly original, minor dings throughout, gilding lightly rubbed at high spots, overall good condition
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note

A similar pair by Satzger, 1749-51 are part of the Sheafer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and featured in Y. Hackenbroch, "German Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," in The Connoisseur, May 1977, S.57, Nr.11.

This mark is attributed to Gottlieb Schuch, born 1701, master in 1732, and died in 1748, in Helmut Seling, Die Augsburger Gold-und Silberschmiede 1529-1868, 2007, no. 2242. Since the date of the boxes is after his death, there is little doubt that the maker is Gottlieb Satzger, who is known for his boxes, many made for toilet services.